Professionally trained chef and owner of Food Lover's Odyssey Vacations. Sharing my love for the food, wine and culture of Italy and France with travelers since 2009.Read More
Whether it’s feasting in Puglia, Provence or on French Pastries, book one of my culinary vacations in 2014 and save $300 per person off the regular price!
Warmer weather is right around the corner. With Daylight Saving Time happening in the U.S. and Canada, days just got an hour longer. The sun is shining more (or we can hope it is) and temperatures start climbing; signs that it’s time to start making travel plans. With that in mind, I am offering a Spring sale on all Food Lover’s Odyssey culinary vacations for 2014. Book one, or all, of my three food-loving journeys by April 30, 2014, and receive $300 off the regular price for each person.
The Puglia Food Lover’s Journey and the French Pastry-Making Vacation in Provence are both returning this year by popular demand. And new this year, is the Markets and Villages of Provence Culinary Vacation. All of my vacations are small-group, with a maximum of 8 or 10 people per group. Below are highlights of each:
Cook, eat, drink, discover & enjoy the food, wine & culture at the tip of Italy’s heel. This all-inclusive 9-day/8-night journey with all my foodie friends in Puglia is truly a local experience. I have spent a lot of time in Puglia over the last few years and made many friends there. Many of them will welcome you into their kitchens, homes, and even olive groves. We will have a local guide with us the entire time and cook with Italian nonnas, mammas and chefs. You’ll dine at the home of another friend and with another, have a picnic in her olive grove. You’ll explore all the major cities of Salento and the Itria Valley with guided walking tours of Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, Alberobello, Locorotondo and Ostuni. We’ll enjoy a wines of Puglia lesson with one of my favorite wine bar owners. Learn all about olive oil and how to taste it like a professional right inside a Frantoio Ipogeo (underground ancient olive oil mill)! Make Pugliese pastries with renowned Puglia chef, Andrea Serravezza. This is an all-inclusive vacation where lodging, all meals, tastings, and gelato stops are included in the price.
This week-long (8 days/7 nights) vacation explores the best of Provence – its markets and its villages. You will have three market-to-table cooking classes. You’ll cook seasonal meals with ingredients fresh from the market. Visit some of the best markets of the region in the most beautiful villages, including seaside spots and hilltop villages overlooking vine-covered valleys or rows of lavender. Dine together in some of the best restaurants in the region. Explore with walking tours of Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Avignon and Marseille and enjoy visits to a cheese shop, wineries, pastry shop, and Pastis shop – all with tastings.
For those of you, who like me, are fanatic members of the sweet tooth society, join me for a week of French pastry making. This vacation starts out with a champagne and dessert bar reception. Then you’ll learn secrets of the French patissier and make many of the French pastry classics. Although we will spend a lot of time together in the sweet kitchen, with ten 4-hour workshops during the week, you’ll have time to relax and dine is some of the best restaurants in Aix-en-Provence. Mid-week, we’ll take a baking break and venture to a seaside village on its biggest market day and spend the rest of the day together along the coastal villages of Sanary-sur-mer and Cassis.
Take a look at all of our unique gourmet vacations here: FOOD LOVER’S CULINARY VACATIONS IN ITALY AND FRANCE